|Rad cover artwork by Tallboy|
Well, the cover says it all.
The title track "Hate Humans" was originally released on a four track EP on July 2 2012 according to bandcamp's release date. It has been re-recorded here in a decidedly punkier fashion. The chorus lacks the same maniacal drive that propelled the original version forward. The new version is lethargic by comparison, but has substituted propulsion and energy for an "I just don't give a fuck about anything anymore" ethic. On the original version Hot Ron doesn't do the vocals on the verse, only on the chorus. The fact that he does them on the new version changes the feel of the song entirely, never mind the music which is also different.
"Frankenstein Pays The Rent" has already been featured on this blog, in the form of a charming little video the band shot which was featured on 'The Hour of Power'. Some images just burn in your mind and the monster pulling the guy's hand off as he rides by the bus stop on his skateboard is one of them. Watch the freakin' video! (do it.) It doesn't hurt that it's a good song too.
'Hate Humans' flies by in a flash and had me asking whether or not there's a narrative thread tying this whole thing together more than once. A punk rock concept album? That's a reversal whose time is ripe, an idea with such attitude it gives punk rock itself the old one finger salute. "So, punk started as a bad attitude response to overblown production and technicality in rock, huh? Well here's a concept album, ya cunts!!" would have made a good summation, but that narrative story feeling is due more to the piss stained aesthetic the band have taken up, classic monsters and punks in fright masks in a mosh pit. Their unwavering focus to this imagery is what makes it feel like a single story.
I'll admit, I wasn't sure I'd like this thing, as I've never been a big punk fan. I like 'Never Mind the Bollocks' and some stuff by The Fall and a few other things ... "TV Party", whatever else ... but 'Hate Humans' is made up of a tight group of six fast paced songs that bring to mind, once again, classic monsters doing horrible things to humans and it's a wonderful place to visit.
They also have another song up on bandcamp that kicks major arse called, "Satan's Got My Back". Grab it, listen to it, spit beer in people's faces, stomp around and enjoy your obnoxious self!
Highlights include: "Frankenstein Pays The Rent" and "Mutated Dracula"
Total Run Time: 13:20